If there was ever a perfect weather for iced tea, now would be it. With the rising humidity and temperature, keep your cool by skipping the hot tea and reaching for something cool and refreshing. Here are five simple and easy iced tea recipes that will surely cool you to the core.
Green Tea Mojito
Steep your green tea bag in hot water and let it come to room temperature and then add ice, a few sprigs of mint and some Stevia if you like your tea sweet. Make a big batch in the morning and sip throughout the day to keep cravings away and lose those stubborn last few kilos.
Thai Iced Tea
You don’t have to save having Thai iced tea for a trip to Bangkok or your favourite Thai restaurant. Now you can make it at home and enjoy anytime.
• 5 cups water
• 6 bags of black tea or red Thai tea or 1.5 tablespoon of loose tea
• 2 star anise
• 3 whole cloves
• 2 tablespoons of sugar
• ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
• A medium saucepan
• Measuring spoons
• Tall glasses
Boil water, remove from heat and steep the tea, star anise and cloves for 10 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and stir in the sugar. Let the tea come to room temperature. In a tall glass, fill with ice cubes and then fill ¾ of the way full with tea. Add a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk to each glass and stir to combine. Drink immediately.
Strawberry Basil Iced Tea
Freeze basil leaves and sliced strawberries with water in ice trays overnight.
Serve cold green or black tea with ½ cup of sparkling water.
Add the ice cubes and serve with a straw. As the ice melts, the flavours will be more and more saturated in the drink.
You can make variations of this drink with mangoes, peaches or rosemary and lemon.
Hibiscus, Lemongrass and Basil Honey Iced Tea
If you can get your hands on hibiscus tea, do try this recipe out. It will surely be a crowd pleaser at your next iftar get together or a brunch. Steep hibiscus tea and some sliced up lemon in hot water and let it cool. Add basil and honey to your taste and ice cubes just before serving so the flavour is not diluted. Hibiscus tea is subtle so you can add various combinations of fruits and herbs and it will not make the tea bitter.
Magic Blue Tea
This last one is a personal favourite. Get your hands on some blue butterfly pea flower tea. If you don’t have it, then you can make it yourself by getting some butterfly pea plants, drying the flowers and steeping it for the most magical blue tea ever! Add a squeeze of lemon and watch the colour change to a rich purple. Trust me, you’ll want to put the extra effort for this beautiful beverage.